For weeks, Jay Z has been dropping hints of a 4:44 project. Last week we got confirmation that it is some sort of Jay Z project, but now Hov officially announced that he is dropping an album. Apparently titled 4:44, the album will release on June 30 as an exclusive to postpaid and prepaid Sprint members and existing Tidal users.
Tidal is sweetening the deal by offering six months of Tidal HiFi free for new and existing Sprint users. You can sign up right here. Some sort of 4:44 video/film was previewed during the NBA Finals this year with names like Mahershala Ali, Danny Glover and Lupita Nyong’o.
“Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer,” Sprint president and CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement. “JAY-Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album 4:44. Our loyal, existing customers, and customers who switch to Sprint, can experience the album exclusively, plus access a complimentary six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi, giving them access to content they can’t get anywhere else.”
Sprint and Tidal’s partnership will also support the 1Million Project, an initiative from the Sprint Foundation aimed at giving 1 million low-income high school students internet access in an effort to level the playing field and eliminate the “homework gap.” Students who participate in the initiative will receive free mobile devices and free high-speed Wifi while in high school for up to four years. Sprint will also donate $2 from every new line activation with a device purchase or lease up to $1 million to support the 1Million Project.
There’s no word yet on how long the album will be exclusive to Tidal, but as of this writing, Jay Z only has one official album available on Spotify—it’s Unfinished Business, the 2004 follow-up to Best of Both Worlds with R. Kelly. Most of his discography is available on Apple Music and iTunes.